Psychedelics may treat depression by attacking brain cells

Psychedelic drugs have shown promise as treatments for difficult-to-treat depression. Now, scientists have a possible explanation for why: The drugs may be able to slip through the outer membranes of brain cells and essentially flip switches inside the cells that other depression treatments can’t.

The findings of the new study were published on February 16 in the journal Science (opens in new tab)may explain why, in some cases, psychedelics, combined with talk therapy, work better and faster for patients than traditional antidepressants, The Scientist reported (opens in new tab).

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